Tuesday, June 22, 2010

are laundromats universal?

a funny question, i suppose,
but tell me where you wash your clothes?

24 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

lOL what a coincidence! I just arrived from the laundry here (the laundry is in the basement of building, and each apartment has its box reserved).
Here in Luxembourg I've learned how to use a clothes dryer.It's different because in Brazil we have lots of sun and space to dry all clothes with wind and sun (I think it's better for the environment and for the clothes!)

This laundry in your pictures is clean and modern, I like a lot!
Hugs
Léia

Birdman said...

Here's a story- Growing up I delivered morning papers in cold Maine winters. My bundle was dropped off at a laundromat. I loved it! It was so WARM with the machines running. To this day, if I'm walking by one, I often will walk in just to get the aroma... and go back!

Gunn said...

I have not used one for years, since I have what I need at home. When I read "Birdman´s" comment I suddenly remembered the nice smell..... I will pop in and smell if it is still the same.... and perhaps take a photo too :)

B SQUARED said...

They may not be universal but they certainly are ubiquitous.

Sharon Creech said...

Good question. They're here at the lake and they're in England, too. I used them for many, many years until we got our own beautiful, blessed washer & dryer.

Small City Scenes said...

I use my own at home but years ago when the kids were little and we lived in a house with a shallow well we went to the laundramat once a week. Nice in one way that you can wash your clothes all at once and then I took them home and line dried them. MB

Sunny said...

Many years ago, laundromats were a weekly ritual for me. I can remember being so excited to get my own washer and dryer.
Once in a while, I still take items too large to fit in my washer to the laundromat, they haven't changed much except they cost more!
☼ Sunny

Sharon said...

I do mine in my laundry room at home, but since I spent almost 10 years working away from home, I've had my share of experience with these laundry areas. You can get a lot done in faster time when you use she multiple machine locations.

Kaori said...

I used to play hide-and-seek in our apartment laundry room when I was little! But now I have my own washing machine and dryer :-)

Malyss said...

My washing machine is in my kitchen, like very often in France. I used to go to laundromats when I was young and had no money enough to buy my own machine; And did not like that;So, The washing machine was the first expensive thing that I bought when I finally had my own flat!

Magpie said...

Great shots...I, too, do my laundry at home...dry as much as possible on the line outside. Need to make use of this Phoenix sunshine. :)

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

I will give you "the rest of the story" about Sharon's laundry room. She neglected to mention above that her laundry room is right next to her kitchen and it is the exit to her back yard. So when barbequing, as we were at her house last Saturday, her washer and dryer become an extra counter to set trays and things on until needed either in the kitchen or barbeque.

We have a washer and dryer in each of our condos in Costa Rica, and a large laundry room in our house in Scottsdale. The laundry room doubles as Julie's craft room, and she and her mother will set up a card table in the room and they will make handmade greeting cards for family and friends.

Our laundry room has walls painted a deep blue, with a bright, metallic red washer and dryer, and art work on the walls, including Portugese, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, and Turkish ceramics, a collection of Moroccan tea pots, paintings from India and Turkey, photographs from our trips, and a series of prints done by an architect/artist friend of ours from our travels together.

When people tour our house, sometimes they get a kick out of seeing art in the laundry room (and the closets and garage).

I bet you did not think that your little question about a subject as mundane as laundrey would provoke such a discussion.

lizziviggi said...

Oh, I wish my laundry room was this clean and uncluttered! Speaking of which, I need to go switch out some laundry...

cieldequimper said...

Same as Malyss, in the kitchen! I only ever went to the Laundromat as a student and used to hate it.

I do remember my Mum boiling and hand washing though.

I love the b&w shots.

Kate said...

You hit a hot button, judging from all the comments. Mazatlán, México where we often snowbird has a few laundromats, but many of us prefer to give our clothes to individuals to allow them to earn a much-needed income. Lots less work for us, too. Strange, I suppose, but I actually enjoy doing the laundry (the ONLY household task I like) and still hang my clothes out to dry during the warm weather. We Americans overly indulge ourselves in SO many areas.

Jacob said...

I so dislike laundromats! And no, I don't think they are "universal," 'cause I don't think they're found anywhere but on earth! ;-)

These looks halfway decent, though. If you have to use them.

Actually, for a lot of people they are a blessing.

P.S. Dontcha think BSquared uses some big words sometimes? Ubiquitous, ubetcha!

Jacob said...

You have a "bucket list" too?

Mine is already overflowing. I guess I'll just have to live to about 150!

Bob Crowe said...

I just told Cieldequimper that, at first glance, her post today looked like an antique laundromat. So yes, I agree, universal.

T. Becque said...

Nice shots in b&w! I do mine in my home - thankfully, or the laundry might never get done!

VP said...

Ours are quite different and are a relatively recent thing. I use my washing machine and usually dry my clothes on my terrace.

Leif Hagen said...

My wife washes our clothes in our laundry room. But, I'll have to find a laundromat in town for a few photos...

JM said...

Everything looks so shining! Great shots!
We don't have these here.

Amin said...

Interesting photo.....We use it at our home.

Tash said...

That's the snazziest photo of a laudrymat ever...very impressive, BC.
I've been very lucky since marriage...my husband always insisted on having a washer & dryer (even when we were newlyweds in a small apt that was part of a house where our bed was in the dining room space)...AND he said that he was so used to doing laundry, he would just continue AND he has...for 25 years.
In 1970, my parents (shown here on http://mostlylacounty.blogspot.com) used to carry bags of laudry about 3 blocks away to a laudrymatt. At 12, I thought that a fun adventure.